Jonny Wightman says he ‘couldn’t be happier’ after agreeing a move back to South Shields.
The forward left his hometown club two years ago in the wake of the club’s relegation to Northern League Division Two, and subsequent move out of the town to Peterlee.
I’m over the moon to be back, really. I couldn’t be happier.Jonny Wightman, South Shields
However, he has now accepted a deal to return to the Mariners in time for next season, when Shields will be back at Filtrona Park.
Over the last two years, Wightman has been in Division One with Dunston, and he brings significant experience back to Shields, having scored 47 times in 167 appearances for his hometown club in the past. He was also part of the Mariners team, along with fellow returnee Leepaul Scroggins, which won the League Cup in 2010.
And Wightman has described returning to Shields as ‘special’.
He said: “I’m over the moon to be back, really. I couldn’t be happier.
“Speaking to the club, everything is really positive and there are loads of things happening, so it’s down to the lads on the field to get the club at the top of the division and hopefully get promotion.
“It was hard to leave in 2013. I had loads of chats with the manager, and could have left a number of times during that last season, but I wanted to stick with it and try to keep the club up. Unfortunately that failed and I decided to move on, but it was really hard to leave the club.
“There’s something special about playing for your hometown club, and I’m over the moon to get the chance to do that again, especially with the club being back at Filtrona.”